Fast forward the clock to now, the book has been turned into a movie (done by Martin Scorsese no less!) and the kids are asking for it again…and, well, I thought it was high time that I read it. And you know what. I liked it. I stayed up until 12:30a.m. this morning to finish reading it because I just had to see how things came together and I kept getting urged on by page after page of beautiful artwork which made me feel not only like I was peering into a mystery, but also that I had the flipbook version of a movie reel. The artwork was gorgeous; the story of Hugo and his automaton interesting; the secrets of all the characters well veiled until the right moment; Selznick’s addition of real stills from old movies into the book—it was all wonderful!
I found out after I finished reading the book (info in the back!) that the character of Papa Georges was based on real-life Frenchman, Georges Méliès. (Selznick called him the father of science-fiction movies in his Amazon exclusive interview).